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Banff National Park

Canada's first national park, spanning Spanning 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers.

Watch the sunset on a riverside stroll or feel the breath of glaciers in the alpine. Take your pick of over 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) of maintained trails. Many of the park’s most famous hikes are easily accessible from the Town of Banff and the village of Lake Louise.  

Banff National Park also incorporates historic sites such as Cave and Basin National Historic Site and Banff Park Museum National Historic Site of Canada.

Banff National Park Fast Facts

  • Established in 1885 as Canada’s first National Park (third in the world) and was the birth of Canada’s vast national parks system.
  • Banff is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The mountains are around 45 to 120 million years old.
  • The park encompasses Banff, the highest town in Canada at an elevation of 1,384 m (4,540 ft).
  • Banff is home to Alberta’s southernmost herd of the endangered woodland caribou.

For more information visit Banff National Park.

TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews
5.0 based on 468 reviews
“Only Word that come to mind “Spectacular””
Only Word that come to mind “Spectacular”
August 23, 2019, by EagerB
Having not been to this truly amazing Park for nearly 25 years, we once again had the opportunity and all I can say is spectacular. It’s raw beauty, amazing venues and breathtaking views really has...
“Bucket List”
Bucket List
August 23, 2019, by ppark0927
I am days from turning 70 and my mom was telling me I had to visit Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise since I was at least 10 and probably earlier that that. She was right, this area is unbelievable...
“excellent place”
excellent place
August 22, 2019, by revivedpan
full of nature, landscape and wildlife. liked the way they are saving mother nature. there was something for everyone. well connected to all places. highly recommended.